Hokianga youth take part in emergency services programme

  • Northland

Young people from Hokianga communities have jumped at the chance to build hands-on emergency services skills in a training programme that kicks off this weekend.

35 young people applied for 18 available places on the Hokianga’s first opportunity to host the four-week national Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme.

A spokesperson for YES, Shona Morgan says, “This is the highest number of nominations we’ve received in the three years the programme has been running in Northland.”

This weekend the young people will begin their hands-on training with St John and NZ Red Cross, learning triage, basic first aid and disaster ground-based rescue.

Throughout the programme, the students will experience the work of other key local emergency services including NZ Police, Coastguard, NZ Fire and Rural Fire.

Emergency scenarios and an exercise based on a mock disaster will be among the programme features.

The programme is designed to strengthen the connection between young people and their communities.

As well as encouraging a more active participation in their local communities, the YES programme also helps participants develop useful practical skills as well as encouraging them to volunteer.

At the conclusion of the programme, participants will attend a graduation ceremony with their families and be offered the opportunity to volunteer for two months with the emergency service of their choice.